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Table Mountain, Hoerikwaggo, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, myRTW,

Fotoeins Friday: man vs. nature, Cape Town vs. Table Mountain

13 October 2012.

The summit station of the Table Mountain aerial cableway is visible from the M62 road near Fiskaal in Happy Valley, Camps Bay, located in Cape Town, South Africa. The curvature of the man-made overhead electrical wiring whose age is at most a few decades mimic the mountain’s layered striations of grey and red sandstone whose geologic age is over 400 hundred million years. Table Mountain was once a coastal plain and/or a large river delta.

Most who see the pictures or visit Cape Town refer to the flat-topped landmark as “Table Mountain.” However, the indigenous Khoikhoi (Khoekhoe) nomads gave the name Hoerikwaggo (“mountain of the sea”) to the prominent geographic feature. When Dutch sailors arrived and their colonizers settled here, they called the mountain Tafelsberg, literally “table mountain”. The Cape Floral Region which includes Table Mountain was inscribed in 2004 as UNESCO World Heritage site. From the top of Table Mountain (Hoerikwaggo), you can have these north- and south-facing views.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 13 October 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO200, 53mm focal length (85mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

View from Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa,

Fotoeins Friday: Cape Town from the top of the Table

With the accompanying aerial cableway, Table Mountain (Tafelberg) is one of the most visited and photographed sights in Cape Town, South Africa. The flattened summit is ideal for panoramas from an elevation of almost 1100 metres (3500 feet). Above, the north-facing vista includes the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Robben Island in the harbour, Cape Town Stadium, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and Sea Point, a wealthy suburb of Cape Town.

Below, the south-facing vista includes the waters of both Indian and Atlantic Oceans, nearby Muizenberg and Hout Bay, as well as the mountains stretching south along the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope which is hidden in the picture. The line-of-sight distances to Muizenberg and the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse are about 17 and 22 km, respectively.

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

As a part of my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 13 October 2012 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, EF-S 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/800s, f/8, ISO400, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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